By Ben Sullivan

Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes each scored 15 points and No. 8 Houston rolled to its sixth consecutive victory, 68-51 over Temple.

The Cougars (13-1, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) also beat the Owls on Dec. 22 and completed the season sweep. Houston won its sixth game in a row by double figures and could run the table in a conference without another ranked team.

”We played nowhere near what we are capable of playing like,” coach Aaron McKie said. ”I thought we were ready to compete against these guys. You don’t have to play a perfect game … but not to be able to make shots, not to be able to make free throws, that’s a tough recipe to try and beat a top-10 team.”

Houston played its 14th game while Temple (3-4, 2-4) played only its seventh because of coronavirus pandemic.

Jake Forrester led Temple with 15 points and Khalif Battle had 14. The Owls had won back-to-back games in McKie’s second season as they started to get into a rhythm following the fits and starts of postponements.